Tattoo artists face more insurance risks than many businesses. As well as loss or damage to your equipment and the liability to the public when they call into your salon or you visit them, you may also injure your clients when you are providing treatments or they may contract an infection later.
Public Liability insurance
A common misunderstanding of Public Liability Insurance is that it covers the what (or who) you are working on as standard, it doesn’t! If you accidentally injure a client whilst you are providing a treatment, or your client contracts an infection, your Public Liability insurers may not pay a claim. Alternatively you may have undertaken your work correctly but your client failed to follow your advice in caring for their treatment. They may then make a complaint and demand financial compensation.
Although many complaints are unjustified, the cost to defend against them can be considerable. You should bear in mind that hiring a solicitor is likely to cost £150 per hour or more! Your initial consultation plus response to your unhappy customer is likely to cost far more than the average 12 month insurance policy.
Additionally if you have made a mistake, there may be compensation to pay. If you run a limited company, as you are a professional you can be pursued personally, so liquidation of the business is not an option.
Your situation is not unique however. Hairdressers, masseurs, tanning salons and other professionals that provide beauty or aesthetic treatments all require the same type of insurance. This insurance is called called “Treatment Risks” or “Treatment Liability”.
A responsible business makes sure they have all of the relevant insurance policies in place as soon as their business starts. They also make sure they are all renewed when they are due. The main insurance policies that require by law will be motor insurance for your vehicles and employer’s liability insurance if you have any staff. You may be surprised to learn that if you are the owner of a limited company, but are not the sole worker (your partner may help you with paperwork for example), then you will require employer’s liability for yourself. This also extends to when you “rent a chair”, in most cases you would still legally need employers liability insurance. If you would like more information about this, head to the government website https://www.gov.uk/employers-liability-insurance.